September 26, 2005

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September 15, 2005

Emma in China
The best part about a library is that it offers a wealth of surprises, new books, a variety of audios and videos, and better yet, it is free. I visit libraries regularly and often. I become a child again, with a child's short attention span, quick shift in interests and insatiable appetite. Like a child, I am drawn to bright happy colors, naughty exaggerated characters and simple accessible ideas.

Last week, I found a few books on sand castles, origami paper flowers, patterned scrap albums, sand castles, cartoon drawings of vehicles, and clay imaginations. Well, I also got a book on bathroom decoration, a few video tapes of Shakespeare plays (last time my target was books on stocks). When I got those books, I looked for things to do for young children, very young children. Like sand neighborhood houses, and sea turtles. Car cartoons made up of boxes, and funny faces. I cannot wait to do these with Emma. She taught me and still teaches me how to have fun.

Sand Castles, Pattern Papers, Cartoons and Clays

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Emma in China
The best part about a library is that it offers a wealth of surprises, new books, a variety of audios and videos, and better yet, it is free. I visit libraries regularly and often. I become a child again, with a child's short attention span, quick shift in interests and insatiable appetite. Like a child, I am drawn to bright happy colors, naughty exaggerated characters and simple accessible ideas.

Last week, I found a few books on sand castles, origami paper flowers, patterned scrap albums, sand castles, cartoon drawings of vehicles, and clay imaginations. Well, I also got a book on bathroom decoration, a few video tapes of Shakespeare plays (last time my target was books on stocks). When I got those books, I looked for things to do for young children, very young children. Like sand neighborhood houses, and sea turtles. Car cartoons made up of boxes, and funny faces. I cannot wait to do these with Emma. She taught me and still teaches me how to have fun.

Thursday, September 15, 2005
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Little Ugly Bear 9-15-2005
Days go by, through a jumble of festivals, memorial days, western or eastern. This week we will have mid-autumn festival, on which day Chinese stores sell moon-cakes at outrageous price. And those moon cakes are filled with all kind of imaginably absurd outlandish fillings, eggs, ham, sea and land critters ... in the spirit of competition.

Day after day news here is still filled with bad news, people dying in hundreds from bombs, airplane crashes, and hurricane disasters. Sometimes you thought if fate deals you one deadly blow then it may spare you from another. But No. They just keep coming, keep hitting on your face, until you become numb, take all the bad news as part of the reality. Who can believe this is America? Sometimes I thought of a nation's fate is much the same as that of a stock, what to bet? Rise or fall, who is to say? Past glory is no guarantee of today's prosperity. In what way history can be our guidance? 10 years ago when we gave up everything, took every risk, and endured all possible hardships just to get to the land of America, who could imagine that now today we would look back at China with wonder, pride, then envy even regret?

Mid-Autumn Day

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Little Ugly Bear 9-15-2005
Days go by, through a jumble of festivals, memorial days, western or eastern. This week we will have mid-autumn festival, on which day Chinese stores sell moon-cakes at outrageous price. And those moon cakes are filled with all kind of imaginably absurd outlandish fillings, eggs, ham, sea and land critters ... in the spirit of competition.

Day after day news here is still filled with bad news, people dying in hundreds from bombs, airplane crashes, and hurricane disasters. Sometimes you thought if fate deals you one deadly blow then it may spare you from another. But No. They just keep coming, keep hitting on your face, until you become numb, take all the bad news as part of the reality. Who can believe this is America? Sometimes I thought of a nation's fate is much the same as that of a stock, what to bet? Rise or fall, who is to say? Past glory is no guarantee of today's prosperity. In what way history can be our guidance? 10 years ago when we gave up everything, took every risk, and endured all possible hardships just to get to the land of America, who could imagine that now today we would look back at China with wonder, pride, then envy even regret?

Thursday, September 15, 2005
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September 12, 2005

It's a thrill to hear Emma recites one after one little Chinese ancient poems, cute rhythms, that she sings happily one after another children's songs. I did the math, she knows by heart at least 4 poems:
1. "How hard farmers work"
2. "Little flower"
3. "Little bunny"
4. "Goose, goose, goose"

8 songs
1. "Long-nosed Elephant"
2. "In this world Mom is the best"
3. "Song of handkerchiefs"
4. "Three little tigers"
5. "Little Swallow"
6. "I found a penny on the street"
7. "Mice and Rice"
8. "Little bony please open the door"

Too bad I could not see how she gestures, dances while she sings and says. She grows and develops like magic.

Emma in China

Grow like magic

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It's a thrill to hear Emma recites one after one little Chinese ancient poems, cute rhythms, that she sings happily one after another children's songs. I did the math, she knows by heart at least 4 poems:
1. "How hard farmers work"
2. "Little flower"
3. "Little bunny"
4. "Goose, goose, goose"

8 songs
1. "Long-nosed Elephant"
2. "In this world Mom is the best"
3. "Song of handkerchiefs"
4. "Three little tigers"
5. "Little Swallow"
6. "I found a penny on the street"
7. "Mice and Rice"
8. "Little bony please open the door"

Too bad I could not see how she gestures, dances while she sings and says. She grows and develops like magic.

Emma in China

Monday, September 12, 2005
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September 08, 2005

Days go by, life goes on, amid bad news and good news, like weather, like nature itself. They say Katrina may cost as much as 200 billion, but the market is still expanding its happy bullish bubble; some people say "God, get me out of here, I am not back any more", yet some people already packed up to New Orleans to help rebuild and make a pile of money.

What to do? To live in fear or/and trepidation? To look for hope and opportunity in a disaster like this? To throw all the money you have to insure against all possible disasters, catastrophies and accidents? Or go ahead deciding "nah, this is not going to happen to me. Not today, not tomorrow." To believe or doubt? In a disaster like this, should you curse or give thanks?

We People here in Chicago are largely unaffected. We still have the beautiful sun. Leo and I finished the movie for Emma, adding the warm loving "sunshine" tune across every footage. I thank God for giving me Emma and keeping her safe.

What to say?

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Days go by, life goes on, amid bad news and good news, like weather, like nature itself. They say Katrina may cost as much as 200 billion, but the market is still expanding its happy bullish bubble; some people say "God, get me out of here, I am not back any more", yet some people already packed up to New Orleans to help rebuild and make a pile of money.

What to do? To live in fear or/and trepidation? To look for hope and opportunity in a disaster like this? To throw all the money you have to insure against all possible disasters, catastrophies and accidents? Or go ahead deciding "nah, this is not going to happen to me. Not today, not tomorrow." To believe or doubt? In a disaster like this, should you curse or give thanks?

We People here in Chicago are largely unaffected. We still have the beautiful sun. Leo and I finished the movie for Emma, adding the warm loving "sunshine" tune across every footage. I thank God for giving me Emma and keeping her safe.

Thursday, September 08, 2005
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September 05, 2005

It has been a week since the horricane Katrina rendered New Orlean a deserted ghostly city and millions of people homeless, bad news and video clips raining down day after day. I watched Bill Cosby pleading for help, holding a baby doll in his hand. I cried silently while Ceilin Dion sang "I pray that you'll be all right ..." with tears running. I collected Emma's clothes, toys, diapers, sippy cups, eletrolight water together with some clothes of mine and Leo's to send to Salvation Army Katrina fundation. I sent 25 dollors too. I hope one day Emma will have a bigger heart and more ability to give help.

Hurricane Katrina

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It has been a week since the horricane Katrina rendered New Orlean a deserted ghostly city and millions of people homeless, bad news and video clips raining down day after day. I watched Bill Cosby pleading for help, holding a baby doll in his hand. I cried silently while Ceilin Dion sang "I pray that you'll be all right ..." with tears running. I collected Emma's clothes, toys, diapers, sippy cups, eletrolight water together with some clothes of mine and Leo's to send to Salvation Army Katrina fundation. I sent 25 dollors too. I hope one day Emma will have a bigger heart and more ability to give help.

Monday, September 05, 2005
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September 01, 2005

Who: Emma Kong
When: 8/22/2005
Age: 22 months old
What: Go to day care center everyday
Why: Mamma's idea. Mom thinks it is very good for Emma to be with other about-the-same-aged boys and girls, to have a teacher who has the training to take care of young children and methodically lead them to play, sing, read and have all kinds of group activities.
How does Emma do?
Um... She cried quite a bit. She became a little clinging. But she is getting along slowly. She still does not play much with other children. Rather she chose to hover around the teacher. She probably is still somber.
Did she do anything special, funny, cute, aweful, bad ...
The funniest thing is that on the first day Emma sat alone and refused to play. The teacher sat with her, Emma put her head on the teacher's lap. The bad thing is that she cannot stand the teacher leaving her. She cried so the teacher stayed with her. The good thing is that she feed herself quite well. (On the first day, she insisted a big girl to feed her, the teacher the next day. From the third day on, she did the feeding herself)

Day Care Center

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Who: Emma Kong
When: 8/22/2005
Age: 22 months old
What: Go to day care center everyday
Why: Mamma's idea. Mom thinks it is very good for Emma to be with other about-the-same-aged boys and girls, to have a teacher who has the training to take care of young children and methodically lead them to play, sing, read and have all kinds of group activities.
How does Emma do?
Um... She cried quite a bit. She became a little clinging. But she is getting along slowly. She still does not play much with other children. Rather she chose to hover around the teacher. She probably is still somber.
Did she do anything special, funny, cute, aweful, bad ...
The funniest thing is that on the first day Emma sat alone and refused to play. The teacher sat with her, Emma put her head on the teacher's lap. The bad thing is that she cannot stand the teacher leaving her. She cried so the teacher stayed with her. The good thing is that she feed herself quite well. (On the first day, she insisted a big girl to feed her, the teacher the next day. From the third day on, she did the feeding herself)

Thursday, September 01, 2005
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